HASTINGS (SNR) - Since April, women visiting the Wellspring Center in Hastings have had an ultrasound machine available, thanks to a donation from the Knights of Columbus in the area.
The ultrasound machine the Knights purchased was dedicated April 12. State Deputy Tony Hergott was present for the ceremony.
The dedication was the culmination of months and years of planning and work. In January 2014, the Knights of Columbus holding company, representing the four area councils — #1123 and 11823 in Hastings, 11824 in Doniphan, and 10155 of Roseland/Assumption — offered to purchase an ultrasound machine with the help of the Supreme Council, for the organization then called the Crisis Pregnancy Center.
Council 1123 also provided additional funds to make improvements to the organization’s web site and marketing. The organization reported that pregnancy test clients increased in 2015.
In November 2014, the board of the Crisis Pregnancy Center said they felt God directing them to step out in faith, and they accepted the Knights’ offer to provide an ultrasound machine and began a substantial expansion of their program.
With that commitment, the Knights were able to proceed with acquisition of the machine, first getting permission to seek funding from the Supreme Council Ultrasound Initiative, providing assurances that it would become a reality, and then ordering the equipment. The holding company’s check covering approximately 50% of the equipment costs was matched by the Supreme Council.
A suite at Crosier Park adjacent to the center’s current facility became available, and the remodeling process began in May 2015. The culmination of work was highlighted with the blessing, dedication, and ribbon cutting of the enlarged and remodeled Wellspring Center with an open house for supporters.